Durban freediver breaks record for ocean conservation

Posted by Gabrielle Jacobs on 29 August 2019

South African Freediving Champion and instructor Beth Neale broke her personal best and an African record by freediving to a depth of 50m off the coast of Bermuda, on Sunday 25 August.

Earlier today, we tried to contact Durbanite Neale (who is still in Bermuda) about her record-breaking attempt. However, unsurprisingly, she was on a boat about to teach children how to dive.

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Image: Chris Burville via Beth Neale/Facebook

Neale teaches both kids and adults about ocean conservation too, which is at the heart of her sporting mission and some of the core business of her company Aqua Souls, which aims to empower people to be confident in the water, through diving techniques and water skills.

Neale is a champion of the Constant Weight, No Fins discipline, which is a relatively new freediving discipline that permits constant weight during the freedive without the assistance of swimming aids, such as fins.

According to Independent Online, Neale bettered her previous record which was set a lot closer to home in Sodwana Bay last year. The report explained that her winning dive was completed with the supervision of a support team of 20 people.

Neale is a Master Freediving Instructor, and has used her talents and love of the ocean environment to raise awareness and funds to protect it. Beth has been involved with ocean conservation and diving projects from South African shores and neighbouring Mozambique to Bermuda, where she is currently based.

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